Jeff Zillgitt


New Orleans Pelicans guard J.J. Redick played a round of golf Saturday at the Disney compound and planned another round on Sunday with the promise to shotgun a can of Bud Light if users reached 10,000 retweets.

“Didn’t expect that tweet to get 10,000 retweets,” Redick said, “but NBA Twitter never fails.”

Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin pleaded for this not to happen. But it happened alright, Redick shotgunning a beer from a portable ice bath.

Welcome to life inside the NBA bubble-like environment — an AAU-style basketball camp for millionaires. The best place to watch is on social media where players are giving behind-the-scenes access to what’s happening.

“When I was growing up, you had AAU days, and once the AAU season is over you go back to your respective cities and then AAU season starts back up again that next spring and it’s like you never left,” Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said.

The Philadelphia 76ers, among other teams, went fishing on one of the Disney lakes. Star guard Ben Simmons caught a fish but didn’t know how to properly release it back into the water, dropping it on the pier as the fish flopped back into the water.

Noted bassmaster and Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George and teammate Montrezl Harrell each landed big bass.

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee brought his bike. Milwaukee Bucks guard Kyle Korver, who confirmed to USA TODAY Sports he will wear “Black Lives Matter” on the back of his jersey, is among several players who brought golf clubs. Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse brought his guitar.

Some players posted video of taking a COVID-19 tests — with the nasopharyngeal swab collecting a sample from a nostril. And several players traveled with their gaming systems and set them up in their rooms.

“I’ve been playing video games with other guys on the team,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said. “Everyone has brought their gaming system so we’re online playing against each other or being teammates.”

Houston’s P.J. Tucker brought an 85-inch TV. “It’s my home for the next three months,” Tucker said. “So, I have to make it as much as home as I could.”

The NBA is providing several activities, including visits to Disney attractions after hours.

“Getting outside and playing some golf was key,” Redick said. “Bubble l

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